McDonald’s intentionally processed overnight shifts at its company-run stores so as to stiff thousands of workers on overtime, counsel for several former employees told a California judge during opening statements Tuesday in a damages trial following the judge’s ruling that McDonald’s violated state labor law.
The descendants of Serbian mill owners whose property was seized during World War II and later turned into a luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Belgrade have chosen the wrong venue for their ownership dispute, Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner wrote in a panel ruling on Tuesday.
The Chicago Cubs and a group of Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners went before the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to argue whether the baseball team broke a contract when it broke the owners' stadium sight lines in an alleged bid to monopolize game views.
Dunkin’ Donuts customers who allege the coffee chain illegally imposed a surcharge in the guise of a sales tax can’t litigate their proposed class action in federal court and must apply for a refund through administrative channels instead, the Second Circuit ruled on Tuesday.
A former Winnebago Tribal Council member on Monday pled guilty in Nebraska federal court to taking unauthorized money from the tribe’s casino, with the federal government saying it will recommend a sentence of five years' probation.
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is planning to sell off part of its stake in Chicago-based hospitality giant Hyatt Hotels Corp. in a secondary sale that could raise about $232 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
A New Jersey bill that would tax short-term online rental accommodations such as Airbnb and FlipKey passed the state Assembly on Monday and now proceeds to the Senate for consideration.
A Tampa-based swingers club tried Monday to duck a collective action filed by a model for “The Price is Right” and others who say the club uses their images without permission, arguing that the models' lengthy complaint does not meet pleading standards and ensnares the club's property owner who is not involved in the business.
The New Jersey Assembly on Monday advanced legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports games while the state continues to wait for a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case over its attempt to allow full-on sports betting at its casinos and racetracks.
The First Circuit agreed Monday to delay the mandate on its recent decision paving the way for a Native American tribe to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard so that the commonwealth of Massachusetts, a town and a community group can mount an appeal of the ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court.
A former executive chef at an upscale Houston seafood restaurant has filed a suit accusing his ex-employer of not letting him out of an unenforceable noncompete agreement after turning the venue into a Tex-Mex eatery.
The National Football League and fans who bought tickets to Super Bowl XLV agreed on Monday in Texas federal court to dismiss all of the ticket holders’ claims in their suit alleging that they were displaced from their seats or obstructed from viewing the game at AT&T Stadium in 2011.
An El Paso “gentlemen’s club” sued the Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday in federal court, alleging that law enforcement officers stormed the venue to see if the club and its latex-wearing dancers were trying to skirt state taxes imposed on nude entertainment.
Hyatt Corp. told a Florida federal judge Monday that it does not belong in a suit claiming it prints too much information on hotel customers’ credit card receipts, in violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, arguing it does not own or control the Hyatt Regency Miami where a man bringing the suit allegedly received a bill that put him in danger of identity theft.
HomeAway.com on Monday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to keep the city of Chicago and its consumer protection bureau from enforcing a new ordinance the vacation rental marketplace said violates federal law and the U.S. Constitution by unclearly and unfairly regulating its platform.
A Colorado federal judge on Friday blocked a public-private land swap that would have let a developer with the U.S. Forest Service’s help build a large, year-round hotel, condo and commercial complex near the remote Wolf Creek Ski Area, ruling the government failed to adequately consider the environmental impact and local opposition.
Ex-employees at celebrity-studded French restaurant Bagatelle in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Monday asked a New York federal judge to approve their $1.1 million settlement after claiming in a proposed class action that the restaurant broke the law by misappropriating employees’ tips.
BH Properties has secured $252.8 million in financing on three recently purchased Manhattan properties that are ground leased to hotels, according to a statement Monday from New York Life Real Estate Investors, which originated the loan.
Plans for the stalled American Dream mall project at New Jersey’s Meadowlands Sports Complex have moved forward with the closing of $1.67 billion in private construction financing, its developer announced Friday.
An Arizona school meal company has agreed to pay $62,500 and correct working conditions to resolve claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the caterer retaliated against gay cooks who complained of a hostile environment.
Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.
Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.
Litigation over the Section 546(e) safe harbor has been on the rise in the last several years and the defenses against these suits have been furious. This makes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review FTI Consulting v. Merit Management even more important, say Brian Koosed and Robert Honeywell of K&L Gates LLP.
How is it possible that an employee who used nasty language when referring to his supervisor on Facebook is protected, while an employee who yelled directly at his manager using similar verbiage is not? There are several key distinctions that help explain the vastly different outcomes in each case, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody.
Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.
Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.
What detractors of the EB-5 program seem to miss is that visas for EB-5 entrants are a tiny fraction of our immigration system. I firmly believe in the Statue of Liberty’s call to “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” But I also firmly support a 1 percent set-aside for well-to-do immigrants who desire to come to our shores and grow our economy, says Steve Ledoux of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
As part of its efforts to improve its compliance image, Airbnb recently agreed to San Francisco's demand to be more transparent about its hosts and to help enforce existing registration laws. Airbnb must enforce local laws with increasing vigor in order to satisfy the list of cities it has displeased, says Thomas Dickerson of Herzfeld & Rubin PC.
Employee discipline may seem like an uphill battle, especially when dealing with the protections afforded to employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The Second Circuit's recent decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Pier Sixty demonstrates several related lessons, including how the NLRA continues to be construed much more broadly than employers generally expect, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.